Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914

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In the course of the nineteenth century, the boundaries that divided Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany were redrawn, challenged, rendered porous and built anew. This book addresses this redrawing. It considers the relations of three religious groups-Protestants, Catholics, and Jews-and asks how, by dint of their interaction, they affected one another.

Previously, historians have written about these communities as if they lived in isolation. Yet these groups coexisted in...

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Overview

In the course of the nineteenth century, the boundaries that divided Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany were redrawn, challenged, rendered porous and built anew. This book addresses this redrawing. It considers the relations of three religious groups-Protestants, Catholics, and Jews-and asks how, by dint of their interaction, they affected one another.

Previously, historians have written about these communities as if they lived in isolation. Yet these groups coexisted in common space, and interacted in complex ways. This is the first book that brings these separate stories together and lays the foundation for a new kind of religious history that foregrounds both cooperation and conflict across the religious divides. The authors analyze the influences that shaped religious coexistence and they place the valences of co-operation and conflict in deep social and cultural contexts. The result is a significantly altered understanding of the emergence of modern religious communities as well as new insights into the origins of the German tragedy, which involved the breakdown of religious coexistence.

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"This is an exciting collection of essays. It charts religious history as the history of relations between religious groups and breaks new ground in many ways. The book is full of new insights and replete with suggestions for new research." —Dr. Thomas Mergel, University of Bielefeld

"One of the most compelling works in this field ... those with an interest in the religious dimension can do no better than this excellent book about Protestants, Catholics and Jews." —German History

"This collection of thirteen essays by younger scholars, ...is to be welcomed as an example of fruitful collaboration taking pace now between German and Anglo-American scholars." —English Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735657
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Helmut Walser Smith is an Associate Professor of History, at Vanderbilt University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Pt. I Introduction
1 The Fate of Nathan 3
Pt. II Outlines
2 The Religious Divide: Piety in Nineteenth-Century Germary 33
3 Religion, Denomination and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Germany 49
4 The "Christian" State and the "Jewish Citizen" in Nineteenth-Century Prussia 67
Pt. III Religious Difference, National Culture and Identity
5 The Cult of Gustavus Adolphus: Protestant Identity and German Nationalism 97
6 The Process of Confessional Inculturation: Catholic Reading in the "Long Nineteenth Century" 121
7 Anti-Jesuitism in Imperial Germany: The Jesuit as Androgyne 153
Pt. IV Religious Difference, Local Politics, and Pluralism
8 The Rise of the Religious Right and the Recasting of the "Jewish Question": Baden in the 1840s 185
9 Unity, Diversity, and Difference: Jews, Protestants, and Catholics in Breslau Schools During the Kulturkampf 217
Pt. V From Conflict to Coexistence
10 The Catholics' Missionary Crusade and the Protestant Revival in Nineteenth-Century Germany 245
11 Building Religious Community: Worship Space and Experience in Strasburg after the Franco-Prussian War 267
12 The Development and Destruction of a Social Institution: How Jews, Catholics and Protestants Lived Together in Rural Baden, 1862-1940 297
Pt. VI Afterword
13 Living Apart and Together in Germany 317
Index 333
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